Disastrous start ends Harpenden’s winning streak

Harry Hunt for Harpenden Town. Picture: KEVIN LINES

Harry Hunt for Harpenden Town. Picture: KEVIN LINES - Credit: Archant

Harpenden’s five game league winning streak ended with a 3-2 loss to Brimsdown on Tuesday night in Rothamsted Park.

It was Town’s fourth game in just 11 days and it seemed as if the schedule had finally caught up with them when they went 3-0 down in a disastrous first 15 minutes.

Each goal came from a long ball from midfield which left Harpenden’s defence stranded allowing Brimsdown’s speedy forwards to slip through and beat the keeper.

From then on though Harpenden had the best of the match.

They pulled their first back on 30 minutes when Harry Hunt struck a free kick from the edge of the box on the left which flew into the top right of the net for the best goal of the night.

Their second came 13 minutes from time after Nathan Jarrett’s fierce cross from the left was side-footed home by Mark Hitchcock.

With added time there was still 19 minutes of non-stop pressure and while Harpenden came close several times they failed to equalise.

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Assistant manager Jack Cartwright said: “The team and I are gutted after the great run we have been on.

“With a 0-3 start after 15 minutes we were always fighting an uphill battle because there is so much to do.

“I could not fault the commitment of the players because we had a good fight back.

“Now we need to dust ourselves down because we meet Hillingdon at home on Saturday and there are another three points up for grabs.”